Russian LGBT artists find sanctuary in Paris


Participants gather at the Place de la bastille, in Paris, during the annual Pride Parade on June 25, 2022. – AFP pic, June 30, 2022.

FOR many LGBT Russian artists, the invasion of Ukraine and the accompanying political crackdown was the final straw. Helped by a Paris charity, they have found a new home in France.

Alexei, a 23-year-old composer, used to believe that he could ride out President Vladimir Putin’s regime, but watching his friends being arrested or fleeing the country in the wake of the war, he felt he had been naive. 


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